In an economic downturn, it comes as no surprise that people are looking for ways to save money and avoid incurring additional expenses. The last thing that you would want at this time is a a major illness. Nutritional supplements may seem like an extravagance at first glance, but they can actually help protect your health during these uncertain times.
Some of the important supplements are inexpensive and cost less than S$0.50 a day. You can save money on supplements and stretch that budget a lot further if you keep a few things in mind:
Start with a budget. Set an amount that you are comfortable spending each month and stick to it.
Prioritise. Once you have set your budget, prioritise your supplement needs. Each person’s needs would vary according to their health status, medical history and other factors. But generally, the important supplements that most people need are a multivitamin and mineral, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
Multivitamin: The body requires a wide variety of nutrients which are the building materials for new tissues and for repair of damaged tissues. Among the nutrients that work together are vitamins and minerals. A daily multivitamin and mineral formula can help to keep your energy and concentration levels at their best.
Essential Fatty Acids: The body cannot manufacture fatty acids and hence they have to be supplied through the diet or in the form of supplements. Essential fatty acids may help to mitigate high blood pressure and cholesterol. They may also help to maintain healthy skin and hair.
Antioxidants: Free radicals react with certain chemicals in your body, and in the process, interfere with the cell’s ability to function normally. Free radicals are believed to play a role in more than 60 health conditions, including ageing and cancer. Antioxidants work by stopping or interrupting the free radicals from forming in the first place and hence minimises the damage caused by it.
These three types of products make up a basic supplements regime to protect and enhance your health. If your budget permits, you can and should include other supplements for more specific purposes.
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